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Dan Bolef Papers

Identifier: WUA-03-wua00168

Included in the collection are course notebooks from Bolef’s graduate studies, and research related papers from his work at Westinghouse; of note are research materials related to masers. Laboratory manuals and other teaching materials, professional correspondence, grant proposals, and other papers related to Bolef’s time in the Physics Department (College of Arts and Sciences) at Washington University are also part of the collection. In addition, there is a large group of materials related to arms control, nuclear energy and proliferation, Vietnam, the draft, civil rights, and other social issues covering the 1960s through the early 1980s. Approximately 45 linear feet of materials transferred are currently unprocessed and housed after Series 14.

Series 12, 13, and 14 are described in separate inventories, inquire with Archives staff.


  • 1946-1987


Conditions Governing Access

Materials in Series 07, Box 04 related to conscientious objectors, and all items in Series 11 (Tenure Cases) are restricted.  Please contact the University Archivist (314) 935-9730 or for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


108.00 linear feet

Biographical Information

Daniel Isador Bolef (June 10, 1921-September 29, 2011) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied physics at Columbia College under Professors Rabi and Kusch (A.M. 1948, Ph.D. 1952) and during this time taught as an Instructor in Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology and an Instructor in Mathematics and Physics at the State University of New York. In 1952 he was promoted to Assistant professor of Physics at State University. From 1953-1963 Bolef worked as a research physicist in the area of nuclear magnetic resonance for the Westinghouse Research Laboratories. In 1963 Bolef joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis as Professor of Physics, becoming Professor Emeritus in 1983.


This collection is divided into 15 series as follows:

Series 01:  Physics and Professional

Series 02:  Arms

Series 03:  Nuclear Energy

Series 04:  Pollution

Series 05:  Civil Rights

Series 06:  Activism and Vietnam

Series 07:  Draft

Series 08:  Third World Countries and Middle East

Series 09:  Politics and Philosophy

Series 10:  Work by Bolef: Creative and Professional

Series 11:  Tenure Cases at Washington University [RESTRICTED]

Series 12:  Clippings

Series 13:  Government Documents

Series 14:  Serials

Series 15: Oversized Materials

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives by Dan Bolef on various dates between 1975 and 1997.


Accruals are interfiled or added as separate series depending on subject matter.

Processing Information

Processed by University Archives staff in 1980 and updated in 1992. Converted to DACS format by Miranda Rectenwald in October 2008.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 May 20: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495